During the American Revolution and the border conflicts that followed, Simon Girty’s name struck terror into the hearts of U.S. settlers in the Ohio Valley and the territory of Kentucky. Girty (1741-1818) had lived with the Natives most of his life. Scorned by his fellow white frontiersmen as an "Indian lover," Girty became an Indian agent for the British. He accompanied Native raids against Americans, spied deep into enemy territory, and was influential in convincing the tribes to fight for the British.
The Americans declared Girty an outlaw. In U.S. history books he is a villain even worse than Benedict Arnold. Yet in Canada, Girty is regarded as a Loyalist hero, and a historic plaque marks the site of his homestead on the Ontario side of the Detroit River.
In Native history, Girty stands out as one of the few white men who championed their cause against American expansion. But was he truly the "White Savage" of legend, or a hero whose story was twisted by his foes?
About the author
Edward Butts is the author of numerous books, including Murder, Line of Fire, Running With Dillinger, True Canadian Unsolved Mysteries, and The Desperate Ones, which was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
"Butts delivers a fine historical account of the life and times of a little known figure in eighteenth century North American history."
"Wilderness Warrior boldly describes the many battle scenes and relationship dynamics that defined the American Revolution... Butts does an excellent job keeping the reader interested."
Other titles by Edward Butts
The First World War in a Canadian Town
Rum, Blood & Treasure
Stories Strange and True from Atlantic Canada
Canadian Cultural Heritage 4-Book Bundle
Molly Brant / Louis Riel / Harriet Tubman / Simon Girty
Canadian Cultural Heritage Bundle
Louis Riel / Harriet Tubman / Simon Girty
Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 21–30
Louis Riel / James Wilson Morrice / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Robertson Davies / James Douglas / William C. Van Horne / George Simpson / Tom Thomson / Simon Girty / Mary Pickford
Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 26–30
William C. Van Horne / George Simpson / Tom Thomson / Simon Girty / Mary Pickford
Wrong Side of the Law
True Stories of Crime
One Hundred Years of People, Plans, and Plants
Twelve True Stories of Homicide in Canada